What has happened to the brigade?
I’m feeling very alone these days. All the brigade activity has just dried up. Are you there? Do you care? What’s happening? If you see this, please respond with ANYTHING. I just want to know if I’m here by myself. … Don
I’m here, handing out DVDs and sending emails, etc. Also looking forward to going to Rowe for the weekend and learning more.
I’m still here, also handing out DVDs and pondering how to get more people interested in such matters. It’s really not an easy sell to the average person on the street why they should drop what they are doing and commit 3.5 hrs to watching a video about the economy.
Anyway, I think that what "happened" to the brigade is that it was conceived to be self-organizing, but has only worked effectively when Lucas has had the time to proactively e-mail people asking for volunteers for specific tasks.
We had originally hoped that the forum mechanism would allow the Brigade to become fully self-sufficient and self-organizing, so that eventually Lucas’ role would be limited to being an official liaison to Chris if we needed anything to support our efforts.But our experience to date has been that Brigade members seem uncomfortable taking (or proposing to take) action without prior direction from CM.com staff.
We can still have the self-organizing structure originally conceived for the Brigade if we want it. If we do, then we need more Brigade members to begin stepping up with initiatives on their own without waiting for direction from Lucas.
Or at least, that’s my never-humble opinion on the matter. 🙂
Still beating the drum here in Port Angeles Wa. I’ve recently self – acquired the title of President of the Port Angeles "chapter" of the Martenson Brigade. Had to do so since the local library where we are holding the Crash Course Public Forum needed to feel there was some sort of organization which had scheduled to use one of the meeting rooms. We will have videos to hand out, and hopefully initiate some public discourse. I would like to see further action develop in promoting awareness in the midst of overwhelming public stupor. It is a slow go, but I sense a gradual warming to the content of the CC.
Take care. Brent
Don and all,
Erik is right in many respects. My time is very scarce these days not to mention I had a terrible flue last week and demands for my time at work are increasing rapidly as the economy crumbles before our eyes and we scramble to find more efficient ways to run our production plant.
Though the Brigade has not reached the critical mass of "self organization" and there haven’t been many new projects popping up in the last couple of weeks, I have been communicating with several of the Brigade members through email on the YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google Maps projects.
Here is what has been going on in those departments:
YouTube: Jason Kibbe has been working on actively maintaining and promoting the YouTube page. Chapter 1 has just under 9,000 views which is exceptional for only being online for 1 month and having little to no direct promotion or advertising. Jason and I are also working on an SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for the YouTube extension of PeakProsperity.com. It’s basically a manual for the YouTube page, how we want it to function, the roles of the YouTube webmaster, etc.
LinkedIn: Landon Santos is the point man for the LinkedIn page which he has been finishing out and getting my direction on. I will also be working with Landon soon on developing an SOP for the LinkedIn page.
Google Maps: Yoshi Hash has been tweaking the maps page and investigating other ways of tracking Brigade progress.
Facebook: As of today (2/3/09), the Facebook page has 408 members. It appears someone has been working on the page and keeping it updated regularly without my direction. My guess is that is Futuo who has been a shining star on our team.
Social Network Panel: Ron Shimshock added a social network panel below the fold on the front page so visitors can link directly to our social network.
Email Support: My dad, ronaldaltic, started a DVD email support initiative for people to post emails of officials and figureheads whom they have sent DVDs to.
So… there has been progress despite gross negligence on my part. The main problem, dps, is that none of that has been updated here on the forums. It has been happening behind the scenes, through email, instead of publicly.
THAT is my fault. I think there is strong passion amongst our volunteers and they seem to be completing their roles with or without direction. But it is up to leadership like me to ensure that the documentation of those efforts is communicated properly. That is something I need to work on: better forum participation and heightened communication.
Don, you are one of those rare examples of someone who is truly plugged into community. You are our rare beacon of hope, the glue that holds the team together. Though you might not be a social media webmaster or Wikipedia article writer, I think you have found your true role in this fledgling volunteer community of ours and that is as our team role model, the guy who captures the essence of what we are about and never allows anyone to forget it.
I commend you for that.
In future weeks, I hope to pull more people onto the forum to keep us abreast of the brigade activities. I also need to develop a project list and a "captain list" (e.g. list of project leaders). But rest assured that progress IS happening, though at a slower pace than we might like. My main directive will be this: to flesh out the "community" side of our volunteer community.
So that’s where the Brigade stands. It’s in this strange place: too small to be truly global, but too unwieldy for one person to tackle. In the end, it will be the thriving spirit of community that determines its fate.
Director of Volunteer Operations
Yep, i’m still here too Don. Sorry to leave you hanging =/
Luc, you guessed correctly, although it seems that you did the most recent update when I checked the group today =] I’d like to send out a mass message in the next couple weeks (perhaps Presidents’ Day Weekend?) once we’ve passed 500 members. It would be like the former message, shelling out statistics about the group (how many members, how many invited who haven’t replied) as well as a couple "big news" updates from cm.com (like the CM being brought to the MN state legislature, Chris’s work with PBS, the Rowe conference, the podcasts, etc…)
I’ve also been slowly (and by this I mean super-slowly) advancing on a Wikipedia article, and would definitely welcome anyone else with more experience to jump in and help out. I just got my grades from 1st semester senior year, so the pressure is finally starting to ease up =] Post debate season in mid-March, i’ll be able to start pushing hard again. It would be nice to see some more chatter here, though.
Has there been any work on MeetUp? I remember you mentioning someone else bringing that up awhile ago, I’m just wondering if any progress has been made.
i think the self-motivated members are out there spreading the word about the crash course and directing people to the website. I myself have put out a three part video series on youtube as a warmup for a speech that i will be giving next week and will continue to keep booking myself for differnet venues, at each presentation i will have copies of the DVD to hand out free of charge. i’ve started a seperate post for this in the general discussions section (oops, my bad!)
my thoughts on the subject matter about the brigade are this; the CM brigade is a grass roots movement that is still underground and laying the foundation for a much larger movement sometime in the future. i think the small necessary steps are being taken to setup for a larger push sometime in the future. i also think that as the economy stays a hot topic more and more people will be searching for information to arm themselves with, this might be a great opportunity for us, and i’m preparing myself for that scenario.
that being said, i need to start posting more of my threads in the brigade section to draw traffic this way.
"But our experience to date has been that Brigade members seem uncomfortable taking (or proposing to take) action without prior direction from CM.com staff. "
Ok. I’m tired of me not doing this. Therefore, I hereby volunteer to be this point person. I work full time, I go to school nights. People may not get as much attention from me as they like, but I will step up to this as best I can. That said, I take it I’m giving direction to brigade members and I’ll get constructive criticism from CM.com should I get out of line.
Do I have a "boss" I should be reporting to?
thanks for the update. I needed that. It’s basically a shot of espresso for me.
I have never done anything with Wikipedia, but I’ll help you. Tell me what you need. You may contact me directly at dstudin AT yahoo.com if it’s not appropriate for the forums, however, usually, I’ll like to keep the community up-to-date.
@steve & Erik
"speech that i will be giving next week and will continue to keep booking myself for differnet venues"
I too want to be booking myself for presentations, but I have not been willing to set aside the time to develop my own powerpoint or whatever presentation since I don’t even know how to operate that software and frankly don’t want to learn. I asked Erik before to share. Are one of you willing to share slides so that I can arrange presentations in the Denver metro area. I have probably a dozen Transition groups that would be willing, if not anxious, to hear what I have to say. Somewhat preaching to the choir, but people need continuing motivation and I need to get known as a leader in this geographic area.
@all of you
Thanks for answering. I needed to know you are there.
Best wishes … Don
please email me at [email protected] to get my slides and outline, you’ll get a sense of my presentation through the videos i posted.
Glad you checked in and got us to talk to each other again.
A bunch of us have been actively promoting the CC here in West Central Wisconsin. I was at a Sustainable Food Network conference and talked to everyone I could get to about the CC and posted it on a bulletin board. I ordered 30 DVD’s and they are all gone, I need to order more.
We have formed a Transition Town steering committee and are working to educate people in our small town about the situation and CC. I went in and talked to the head of our local bank, gave her the website. I also talked to the school Administrator and told him about it. People are eager for any information.
At my farm, a membership farm called a CSA, I have asked members to form a "Bounty Brigade". Guess I like that word. Member volunteers will come out and help with some of the vegetable work and then harvest any extra vegetables and take them back to the food shelves in the Cities. I will be growing 25% extra to share with those in need. It is nice to feel that I can do something to help out.
While everyone is entitled to their opinions, I have backed off from the forums because I got scared of all the talk of guns and arming ourselves seen in the forums. Yes, I could be naive but I will share my food, house and goods with everyone until we all make it, or die, together, trying. If someone comes to this forum and asks, "what can I do, I’m scared?", and all this website can say is buy guns and ammo, I am less interested in participating. I maybe need to get over that and realize that you do need to defend yourself from people who are unreasonable and violent, but it has all made me sad and scared. I am not sure that Martin Luther King or Ghandi would have agreed with arming oneself.
Sorry to rant about that but it really has me freaked out. It makes me sad.
I am excited about the work that the brigade is doing. I am doing my small part.